Visited Williams-Brice in August for season opener Gamecocks game. I purchased my ticket through my school's athletic foundation, so our seats were not fantastic, but the view was very good. Being on the upper deck, I appreciated the 4 wide ramps up the the upper level. It was also nice that the seats on the east side upper deck were not at too extreme an angle. We could still see fine, but we didn't feel like we were standing on the folks in front of us shoulders like some stadiums. The aluminum bleachers have backs which is also not found in all college facilities.
A few negatives from my vantage point. . . it was in August and so quite hot (95+ at kickoff), yet the concessions near my section began running out of 1 liter bottles of water in the first quarter. They still carried the other, smaller bottles, but I would have expected them to be better prepared. It's a lot easier to carry fewer bottles to get more water than a lot of the smaller bottles. I sat in section 508, yet my ticket read to enter at Gate 18. Gate 18 was on the north side of the east side, but section 508 is on the south of the east side. So we walked what seemed like a very long distance just to walk back the way we'd come. Not sure if that was traffic flow or what, but it seemed like a long way out of the way for us. Another example of extra walking came when we asked an usher for assistance. When we first arrived, we walked up to the vomitory and showed our tickets to the attendant. We had seats 1 and 2, and asked where we should go up. He sent us up the steps (around 40 rows), but when we arrived we were on the wrong end of the row. This meant we had to ask many people to stand up to let us pass. It was the first game, so I'll say it's not that big of a deal; however, the ushers main function should be to guide people with questions like ours. This shouldn't be that difficult. The other criticism is the men's bathrooms in our area had the large trough-style urinals. I was sort of surprise by this because the rest of the stadium seems much more modern than ones where I expect to find that level of accommodation. On the other hand, the lines at the men's rooms were fine, so the trade-off is probably worth it.
We only had water, hot dogs and boiled peanuts. Those were fine but nothing special. Only one vendor came up to our section and that was at the end of the fourth quarter. He had one drink with him. No complaint about that as we were high up in the visitor's sections, but thought it worth noting for others.
The atmosphere was quite good as one would expect at an SEC venue. The USC fans engaged in some minor smack-talk but were basically polite and simply pulling for their team. Our interaction with them, both before and after the game was positive. I would have no problem bringing young children to a game here.
If your team is playing here, I highly recommend planning on attending.
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